Date: Coming Soon!

Cost: TBD

Duration: 4 days

When you step back to look at a horse or when you watch a horse move, do you ever wonder what you should be watching to objectively evaluate conformation, gaits and asymmetry? Do you know the common conformation faults and possible consequences of various defects? Do find yourself contemplating on how the muscles, tendons, ligaments and bone produce movement? Can you name the footfalls of the common gaits? Even if you have some insight to a few of the questions, the progressive horse person can always use more. Dr. Barb Crabbe, a veterinarian, published author, competitor and judge or Dr. Carrie Schlachter, former veterinarian medical director of Circle Oak Equine in Petaluma, CA lead you through this valuable information in this 4-day course which can help whether you are an owner, trainer, competitor, equine health care practitioner or farrier. The instructors will present the information in a variety of approaches using specimens, live horses, slides, diagrams and high-speed video. Students will learn to palpate to place markers for bone measurement, joint angle, and inclination. The high-speed video will allow students to view horses in slow motion for an easier assessment. Both veterinarians produce lively discussion amongst the participants on how conformation, gait, and lameness relate to performance, physical and behavior issues. The participants will be guided through the protocol of equine gait assessments on actual horses and learn how to diagram the footfalls of the horse. No matter how you are involved in the horse industry, don’t miss this opportunity to improve your skills and build on your knowledge.
  • Recognizing and improving your eye for gait abnormalities
  • Gait problem solving and discussion
  • Evaluating the posture in response to performance issues
  • Noticing common patterns in gait deficits
  • Diagramming the footfall of gaits
  • Causes and symptoms of the lame horse
  • Subjective analysis of confirmation: Limb deviations, rotations, and determination of symmetry
  • Basic anatomy and terminology
  • Preventing lameness
  • Gait analysis and evaluation guideline
  • Locating palpation points
  • History of biomechanics
  • Biomechanical techniques
  • Measuring horses
On the final day, we will have participants do a work up on horses requesting blocks and other imaging from the attending veterinarians.
Prerequisite: This course is open to everyone who has a good knowledge of veterinary vocabulary, anatomy and horse handling skills. (Good equine bodywork courses which focus on anatomy or an anatomy course no less than 200 hours will usually cover enough to prepare participants). Participants of the Equine Body Worker ® Certification course will be well prepared even if their externship has not been completed. Students new to the field are welcome to participate as long as they have good horse handling skills but they must register for the EQ50: Precourse Distance Equine Anatomy Course. Please register for the precourse study early to give you plenty of time to go through the material. You can find registration details by going to
Text and Materials Required: None Course Handouts: Free Externship Grading and Certificate: Free
Coming soon!
Coming soon!